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AT&T allowing FaceTime over cellular for all tiered data customers

AT&T allowing FaceTime over cellular for all tiered data customers

After several months from Apple announcing FaceTime over cellular, AT&T is finally rolling the feature out to all of its tiered data customers. AT&T cites that its testing phase for FaceTime over cellular is complete, and will be enabled for all of its customers, including those on tiered data plans at no additional cost.

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AT&T reports record smartphone sales in Q4 2012

AT&T reports record smartphone sales in Q4 2012

AT&T has announced some pretty impressive numbers about their fourth quarter sales in 2012. The company reports that they have sold over 10 million smartphones during Q4 2012 alone. The previous record was 9.4 million smartphones sold in the same quarter in 2011, so this year's numbers may not be a huge increase, but progress is certainly progress.

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AT&T expands LTE in four cities, adds on five new markets

AT&T expands LTE in four cities, adds on five new markets

AT&T has announced today that they're expanding its 4G LTE service in five cities, while it's adding LTE to four new markets. AT&T is expanding in Los Angeles, CA; Salt Lake City, UT; Middlesex County, NJ; and Phoenix, AZ. The five new cities getting AT&T 4G LTE service for the first time include Green Bay, WI; Springfield, MA; Melbourne, FL; Tucson, AZ; and Oxford MS.

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T-Mobile improves coverage in Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Seattle

T-Mobile improves coverage in Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Seattle

T-Mobile announced today that they have made some "technology advancements" in three major cities, which include Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Seattle. T-Mobile didn't say what these advancements consist of, but you can be sure that data speeds are now a bit faster in these areas. On top of these cities, T-Mobile is also working on improving coverage in other major cities across the US as we speak.

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T-Mobile begins testing for prepaid mobile brand, could launch next year

T-Mobile begins testing for prepaid mobile brand, could launch next year

Even though T-Mobile plans to go completely prepaid in 2013 and get rid of subsidies altogether, it's been confirmed that the carrier is launching a separate prepaid brand called GoSmart Mobile, which is currently be tested in "select market", and could launch sometime next year if the company is happy with the results of the testing.

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T-Mobile to end subsidies, offer only full-priced phones and value plans in 2013

T-Mobile to end subsidies, offer only full-priced phones and value plans in 2013

Earlier today, T-Mobile announced that it will be offering Apple products starting in 2013, but another thing that the carrier is introducing in 2013 is the death of subsidized devices, and the introduction of only cheap value plans. This means you'll have to pay full price for a handset, but the plans themselves will be cheaper than before.

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AT&T offering iPhone 5 refurbished starting at $99

AT&T offering iPhone 5 refurbished starting at $99

Two months after making its debut, refurbished models of the iPhone 5 are now becoming available from AT&T. For as low as $99, you can get Apple's latest smartphone after signing a two-year contract -- this is half off of the normal price. Granted, it's a refurbished model, but if you know anything about Apple's refurbished items, is that they usually do a bang-up job to restore their products to like-new condition.

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FCC considers making carriers report their disaster performance quality

FCC considers making carriers report their disaster performance quality

In light of Hurricane Sandy and other recent natural disasters, the FCC is considering having carriers provide information on how well their networks performed in a disaster. The requirement would only concern major natural disasters, and will provide consumers with relevant information, such as how their carrier performed compared with other carriers. The issue is one of several slated for discussion during several hearings the FCC has scheduled throughout 2013.

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Republic Wireless opens up its network to everyone

Republic Wireless opens up its network to everyone

If you're tried of paying an arm and a leg for mobile service, you might want to give Republic Wireless a try. We heard about the new wireless service late last year, and now Republic has opened up pre-orders for the Motorola DEFY XT. You can order up to four devices starting today, and they'll begin shipping in mid-December.

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T-Mobile posts Q3 2012 earnings, loses 492,000 contract customers

T-Mobile posts Q3 2012 earnings, loses 492,000 contract customers

T-Mobile announced its Q3 2012 earnings this morning, and things aren't looking all too great. The carrier brought in $4.9 billion in revenue, which is 6.4% less than this time last year, and they earned $1.2 billion, a decline of 15.2%. However, T-Mobile's biggest loss has to be the drop of almost 500,000 contract customers in just Q3 alone.

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Verizon waives voice and text charges for Sandy victims

Verizon waives voice and text charges for Sandy victims

Verizon has done a lot of great things to help with the recovery effort after Hurricane Sandy, and today it added one more altruistic thing to its list. The company announced that customers living in some areas hit hard by Sandy won't be charged for voice and text usage for the period spanning October 29 to November 16. This means Verizon customers have about a two-and-a-half week period where they don't have to worry about incurring text or voice charges, which will surely be nice for those who were hit hardest by Sandy.

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BlackBerry 10 enters testing with RIM’s carrier partners

BlackBerry 10 enters testing with RIM’s carrier partners

While there's still a lot we don't know about BlackBerry 10 (like its release date), RIM CEO Thorsten Heins delivered some very encouraging news today. In a new statement, RIM's head honcho said that the new mobile operating system and some of the devices it runs on have entered testing with a number of the company's carrier partners. This suggests that RIM is still on track to launch BlackBerry 10 in Q1 2013.

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